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Diablo Dam incline railway climbing Sourdough Mountain, 1930. Courtesy Seattle Municipal Archives, 2306.
Children waving to ferry, 1950. Courtesy Museum of History and Industry.
Loggers in the Northwest woods. Courtesy Washington State Digital Archives.

This Week Then

3/30/2017

News Then, History Now

On Their Way Home

On March 30, 1915, newspaperman and historian Thomas Prosch and his wife, Virginia McCarver Prosch, together with Emily Carkeek, Margaret Lenora Denny, and artist Harriet Foster Beecher  -- daughter of Seattle founder Arthur Denny -- were driving back from Tacoma after a meeting of the Washington Historical Society. As they approached the Riverton Bridge in Allentown -- now part of Tukwila -- the driver of Carkeek's car swerved to avoid two children. The vehicle plunged into the Duwamish River and only Carkeek and her driver survived.

Sent From Their Home

Seventy-five years ago this week, on March 30, 1942, Bainbridge Island's Japanese American residents became the first in the nation to be incarcerated under Executive Order 9066. The internment soon uprooted thousands more Washington residents of Japanese descent from Seattle, the Yakima Valley, Spokane, and elsewhere around the state.

Cleaning it Up

Fifty years ago this week, in a major milestone for regional water quality, Metro's Lake City sewage-treatment plant discharged its last effluent into Lake Washington on March 30, 1967, completing a plan first launched in 1958. Today, King County's treated sewage is piped to plants, such as the one at West Point, where it undergoes secondary treatment, but the care and clean-up of regional waterways remains an issue.

Filling the Cup

On March 30, 1971, Jerry Baldwin, Gordon Bowker, and Zev Siegl handed out free, sample cups of coffee to the first customers in their new coffee chop near Pike Place Market. They sold only beans for the next decade, but soon after they began to sell brewed coffee in 1982 Starbucks burst onto the world stage, and the rest is jittery history.

Traveling Shoes

On March 30, 1988, Helen Thayer became the first woman to complete a solo journey to the magnetic North Pole. Six years later, on April 1, 1994, she and her husband, Bill, traveled back to the Arctic Circle to spend a year studying gray wolves.

Singing the Blues

By 1991 Seattle's modern rock-music
scene
 was the darling of the global music industry -- an overnight success just 15 years in the making. After the suicide of Kurt Cobain on April 5, 1994, the media bubble burst and music critics began looking elsewhere for the "next Liverpool." Nevertheless, the Northwest music scene persevered, although the death of Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley in 2002 marked a tragic synchronicity when he accidentally overdosed on the anniversary of Cobain's suicide.

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Coupeville incorporated on April 2, 1910.

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And a beautiful world we live in, when it is possible, and when many other such things are possible, and not only possible, but done -- done, see you!-- under that sky there, every day.

--Charles Dickens

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